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Tuesday, June 5, 2007 Alyndabear

Blog Being Reviewed: Ramblings by Alyndabear
Reviewed By: Diva Dee

At First Glance: What the hell is "whinging"? Oh yeah, and your header graphic is grainy as hell.

Template/Design: The colors are OK, but it needs something more. It's a boxy, standard template, with an obviously altered header graphic. It's too grainy, and looks tacky.

Let me put it this way-- If you decided you wanted to write all of your thoughts and ideas in a journal instead of blogging, would you use a standard-issue Mead spiral notebook like my kids use for science notes? Or would you prefer a leather-bound journal, with gold-tipped pages-- something worthy of containing your profound wisdom?

I'd choose the latter. Bottom line-- 99.9% of bloggers say they write for themselves, and they don't care who reads it or what anyone else thinks. Now secretly, deep down, don't we all know that's a crock? If people truly didn't care who reads their blog, they'd save it as a Word document on your computer-- not on a public site for the world to see. I'll be the first to admit I WANT people to read my blog, I WANT comments, and the best way to do that is to find a template that makes people want to stick around long enough to actually read what you have to say. Girl, you're an elementary teacher, so I know you've got personality. Your blog template should mirror that.

As far as the sidebar goes (and this also will tie in to the "Content" part of my review) you've got the whole "About Me" arena covered. People, she's got the "100 Things", and she's even got a page for "New Readers" to learn just what kind of blog they are getting themselves into. Nice-- me likey.

Just a side thought... Why DO people put clocks and calendars on their blogs? I don't need a blog to tell me what day it is. It's unnecessary clutter, in my opinion.

And...To my readers, your vocabulary lesson for the day:

whinging: (verb) the practice of complaining and not doing anything about it

Content: It's decent. She's in her early twenties, (a good decade younger than myself). The best way to express how I felt reading this blog: I'm too fucking old to be reading this blog. Seriously. She's a school teacher that goes out and parties with her friends, and I felt old. And I felt tired. Just from reading her blog. Add my feeling of senility and gray hair coming on, to the fact that she likes to use exclamation points, and I'm ready for a nap.

I went to the store today! I bought some milk! They didn't have the kind I wanted, so I got a different brand! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

The content is good, and there were a couple posts that made me sorta chuckle, but I didn't see anything that would make me hurry to blogroll her. Not her fault though, that she got stuck being reviewed by crochety Old Lady Diva Dee.

What is the first thing I would change about this blog? Definitely the template.

What is the best feature of this blog? She's got spunk(! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !) You should definitely give her a read, and form your own opinion.

Rating: 5! ! ! ! ! ! ! !


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Blogger EC says...

I thought whinging was just spelled wrong, lol.

6/05/2007 1:36 PM  
Blogger Sparky Duck says...

Thats alright, I was thinking Buffalo Wings

6/05/2007 3:58 PM  
Anonymous alyndabear says...

C'mon now, surely there aren't that many exclamation marks there? !!!!!

Alright, am kidding on that one. But you guys really don't know what whinging is? Must be an Aussie thing.

Cheers, Dee! (And YES, it's time for a new template!)

6/05/2007 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous says...

Woah. How many posts can you possibly have about SHOES?! Yeesh.

6/05/2007 8:05 PM  
Anonymous alyndabear says...

Oh, "Anonymous", the possibilities are endless.

6/05/2007 9:28 PM  
Blogger Lara says...

yes, trust me, you'd be surprised how many posts one can happily write about shoes. if one likes shoes.


6/06/2007 3:06 AM  
Blogger christine says...

Hey Alynda, fancy seeing you here! :) Yep, I'm opening myself up to criticism as well (sent in my site's addy a few weeks ago), not sure why we do it, but sometimes we have to humor our inner masochist huh? hehe And btw, my two cents worth, I wouldn't still be stalking and lurking your blog if I thought it was just a 5. It's one of the most fun blogs out there! Now wish me luck! :)

6/06/2007 4:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous says...

i didn't think there was such a thing as "too many" exclamation points ?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6/06/2007 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous says...

I'm still wondering if it's possible they were reading the wrong blog. Miss Aly, I didn't know you were such a partier - and I've been a loyal reader for, well, quite a long time. Maybe it's the stereotype the reviewer had for someone 10 years her junior.

6/08/2007 11:36 AM  
Blogger Diva Dee says...

Oh miss aimee... the one who's blog profile is private...

I am quite capable of clicking on the blog link she submitted to us when she asked for the review.

Maybe you are stereotyping me as an old curmudgeon-- I am at the ripe old age of 34, you know. Might be time to get my AARP card.

6/08/2007 11:46 AM  
Blogger Jessy says...

Not everyone is a web designer, some people don't have other people who will readily create templates for them - or who can design amazing graphics to impress...

And ... a school teacher who parties with friends?? lol... yeah, Alynda is just a regular freaking party animal.

6/15/2007 10:20 PM  

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